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    Veteran Member Four Rings b6onboost's Avatar
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    One Time Hose Clamp Removal?

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    Please share your tips and tricks to remove the one time hose clamps that our vacuum lines are riddled with.

    I searched and all I found were people complaining about how much of a b!tch they are to remove, but no real solution. I spent 10 mins trying to pry one loose without damaging the line/valve, no luck. This was on an easy to reach clamp too. I cannot imagine trying to remove one in a place that I can barely reach.

    If there is a tool or something for quick removal I'll buy it, if not what is the easiest way to get them off?

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    I just use a flathead screwdriver and slip it in there. It takes some time. Once it get it pried up a bit, I may even use some pliers. They're definately a PITA.
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    Do this: Take a small flathead to the overlap point (end of the circular clip) and pry it up until it clicks passed the tabs. Once it clicks, it will just fall off. They are really easy to remove once you find the end and pry up a bit.

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    What I want to know is where can you purchase new ont time clamps and the tool to install them with

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    Stage 2 Banner Advertiser Four Rings greg@podi.ca's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RLB6 View Post
    What I want to know is where can you purchase new ont time clamps and the tool to install them with
    Just use standard hose clamps...they will make small repairs 100x faster.

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    Use a flat head and stick it in the open loop where it was closed. Pull to the right and it will either open all the way or loosen up enough that you can pull the hose off.

    Second option is use a dremel, I do it all the time because you can't reuse them anyway.

    And like Greg said, don't go back and try to replace one time use clamps, they are stupid and a pain. I swear Audi did it to deter people from working on their own cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLB6 View Post
    What I want to know is where can you purchase new ont time clamps and the tool to install them with
    why on earth would you actually want to replace the one time use clamps with more one time use clamps? just get normal hose clamps you can tighten with a flathead/phillips.

    my trick is to take a flat head and try to pry up the end with the tabs sticking through, if you cant get to that for whatever reason (there have been a few where i wasnt able to access that end and the clamp wouldnt rotate around), then i stick the flat head through the "eye" portion sticking up and lift up, then twist toward the end with the tabs. basically you just gotta wrangle with the little ******s until they give out.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings RLB6's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by greg@podi.ca View Post
    Just use standard hose clamps...they will make small repairs 100x faster.
    That's obviously a better solution BUT i'd still like to know.

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    Begin by taking alot of valium, then some deep chi kung breathing, then try what they said!!! i hate those damn clamps!!
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    If anyone here is like i am with those clamps everyone I run into is going to the metal recycling bin.
    Then that makes the whole ordeal a few seconds to one minute affair.
    Use ur flat tip screwdriver and a pliers and deep-6 them as stuff gets changed/moved aside for service - whatever.
    I always have a lot of spare clamps in those common sizes in my toolbox ready to go.

    There are 2 reasons those horrible things are used and I cant see anyone of us DIY-ers wanting those on their car:

    Reason 1 - 95% - Easy for the assembly line to put on the car as it moves by.
    Reason 2 - 5% - Maintain constant clamping pressure if a part expands (which is not much these days but can occur noteably in colder climates)

    In general 99% of us will be well served with the screw-on clamps - after all when maximum clamping is required that is what is used on our intercooler pipes.
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    FLAT HEAD

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    Quote Originally Posted by A4SoftWalker View Post

    Reason 1 - 50% - Easy for the assembly line to put on the car as it moves by.
    Reason 2 - 50% - Maintain constant clamping pressure if a part expands (which is not much these days but can occur noteably in colder climates)
    Ding ding ding! Winner winner chicken dinner!

    We use the "one time clamps" all the time at work in the molding room. They are quick and easy to install and they hold a more uniform pressure than a screw type hose clamp. After you get used to using them you realize that they are actually easier to deal with than a screw clamp. We keep a selection of clamp sizes as well as different size clamp pliers. Easy peasy.

    (Please note I changed your %'s).
    Last edited by old guy; 04-12-2010 at 05:46 PM.

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    I tried the flat head screwdriver technique for the first year i had my car and it was still a pain in the ass. Then i started using these and never looked back. You simply find the section of the clamp that is bent up and cut it.
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    i found that a good pair of snips does the trick. In particular I use some bike cable cutters made by Pedros. They slice through the raise portion like butter. I had to buy another pair for use on my bikes though as the blades are starting to get little nicks from the clamps, obviously not the intended use.

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    Registered Member Three Rings tylerS's Avatar
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    this. i use an old pair of tin snips and just rip them off.

    Quote Originally Posted by teg2audi View Post
    I tried the flat head screwdriver technique for the first year i had my car and it was still a pain in the ass. Then i started using these and never looked back. You simply find the section of the clamp that is bent up and cut it.

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    If you want the one time clamps try this place: http://www.mcmaster.com/#hose-and-tube-clamps/=6muyns
    and here: http://www.mcmaster.com/#pinch-clamp-pincers/=6muzua

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